Welcome to the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. The Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and is a successful, dynamic, and respected undergraduate training program dedicated to developing some of the brightest and best theatre and dance artists and educators of tomorrow. Faculty, who regularly perform, design, choreograph, and direct on a national and international level, pride themselves in creating deeply-personalized learning experiences and are dedicated to the development and future success of all our students.
A student’s classroom encompasses the studio, the stage and the production laboratory. Alongside elaborate productions on the main stage, are the quality programs that are produced by our student organizations. Undergraduate students have ample opportunities to choreograph, design, create, perform, and have their work reviewed on regional and national levels.
Theatre Arts & Dance offers two types of degrees; one, a (BA or BS) liberal arts degree that focuses on theatre or dance in the context of a broad course of general studies; and two, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre degree, with emphases in Classical Acting, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Design & Technology. The BFA is a pre-professional degree designed to prepare students for professional careers and graduate studies in Theatre.
Students were invited to present a scene from Dancing at Lughnasa at the KCACTF VIII Regional Festival. Congratulations to director, Melinda Vaughn and the cast and crew!
Emily O'Donnell has been invited to present at the annual conference of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) in Chicago, Illinois. She will be sharing her experience teaching an after-school program to children who would otherwise not have an opportunity to take dance lessons.
SUU students had the opportunity to dance in a short film of international renowned film director, and SUU alumnus, Mitsuyo Miyazaki. The film was choreographed by Kay Andersen, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. The film "Where We Begin" is a narrative dance film.
SUU students and faculty traveled to China to collaborate with the Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre to participate in the "Dream of Helen", a celebration of the life of Helen Foster Snow.
Student Choreographer Rebecca Boizelle's "Watchmen" was chosen to be performed in the Gala at the 40th Anniversary North West Regional Festival of the American College Dance Festival (ACDF).